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Privacy and Surveillance, Freedom and Censorship in the Digital Age

Governments in the NESA region have been grappling with the privacy-security dilemma and technology for many years. This quandary is becoming especially critical now as governments deal with the multiple public health and socioeconomic challenges of COVID-19. It heightens concerns about the national security implications of the use of emerging technologies such as facial recognition Read More >

Egypt in the Face of the Covid-19 Crisis: From the “Ban” to “Coexistence”

باللغة العربية Brigadier Gen (ret) Tarek Mohamed Galal,  NESA Alumnus and Senior Researcher, Crisis & Disaster Management Dept., Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), Egyptian Cabinet As will be explained in further detail, Egypt has started to shift from a “ban” policy to a “coexistence” policy in the fight against Covid-19.  Early on, the Egyptian Read More >

The Coronavirus is a Turning Point in the Global Order

Sam Marrero, NESA Center Henry Kissinger wrote in an article for the Wall Street Journal last month: “The Coronavirus Pandemic will forever alter the global order….when it is over, many countries’ institutions will be perceived as having failed.” The current global system, the result of a deal struck in 1945 at Bretton Woods which institutionalized Read More >

How does Coronavirus Affect Stability in the Middle East?

Sam Marrero, NESA Center The validity of coronavirus data coming out of Middle Eastern countries may be uncertain, but most Middle Eastern countries – save Iran and Turkey – appear to avoiding a catastrophe of causalities. Take for example, Egypt, an under-resourced country of almost 100 million, which as of May 8th 2020 reported a Read More >

Covid-19 and Sustainability in the Arab Region

بالعربية Pусский Dr. Michael Sharnoff, NESA Center For decades, Middle Eastern countries, particularly resource-poor countries like Egypt and those of the Levant, have struggled to sustain their populations due to high birthrates and weak economies. Unemployment was high in the Middle East before Covid-19, and disparities of wealth were one catalyst for the Arab Spring Read More >

The Egyptian experience with the Covid-19 pandemic

Brigadier Gen (ret) Tarek Mohamed Galal  Senior Researcher, Crisis & Disaster Management Dept., Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), Egyptian Cabinet; NESA Alumnus The Covid-19 virus is spreading all over the world and causing panic everywhere.  Thousands of new infections and hundreds of deaths are announced daily, and many cities and even entire countries are Read More >

How Khedija Arfaoui’s Tragedy Strengthened her Peace Activism in Tunisia

On New Year’s Eve 2017, a suicide bombing in Istanbul left 40 dead. Among those who lost their loved ones is longtime Tunisian peace activist, academic, and NESA Alumnus Khedija Arfaoui. Although Arfaoui is still in disbelief that she will no longer see her son and daughter-in-law, she continues to raise her voice in the Read More >

The African Union and Counter-Terrorism

Africa has witnessed a tremendous increase in terrorist incidents. According to the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, there has been more than a 1000 percent increase in terrorism since 2006. Moreover, an alarming twenty-two African countries has been targeted by terrorism. This, in turn, raises the question of what the African Union (AU) has done to curb Read More >

U.S. National Security Strategy 2018- English, French, Russian, Dari

President Donald Trump released his administrations U.S. National Security Strategy. See his vision here. The four main pillars of his new strategy include: Protecting the U.S. from threats. Promoting American prosperity. Preserving “peace through strength.” Advancing American influence. Take a look at his vision and further explanation of the pillars here in: English (web-link); English Read More >

Cutting Edge Middle East News Analysis

 Summary: Tunisia is rich in diverse cultures, religions and races which has made it one of the most open-minded countries in the region. Yet resistance to plurality remains, in particular among Islamist groups.  We are pleased to announce today the publication of two new chapters for our forthcoming new e-book ‘The Future of the Middle Read More >

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